Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719
Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719
Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719
Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719
Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719
Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719
Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719

Antique Silver Mug By Paul de Lamerie 1719

1719 England

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This is an exquisite antique George II English silver mug bearing rare Brittania standard hallmarks for London 1719 and the makers mark of the renowned silversmith Paul de Lamerie.

Bearing a coat of arms which I have not yet had time to research.

A truly exquisite piece, in excellent condition, that would make a fine addition to any antique silver collection.


In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 11 & Weight 12 troy oz

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4.3 & Weight 0.37 kg
Paul de Lamerie (1688 – 1751) was an English silversmith. The Victoria and Albert Museum describes him as the "greatest silversmith working in England in the 18th century".

De Lamerie was born in Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands. He was the son of a minor French nobleman, Paul Souchay de la Merie. His Huguenot parents had left France following the Edict of Fontainebleau in 1685. His father became an officer in the army of William III of Orange and moved to London in 1689 in the Glorious Revolution, but died a pauper in 1735.

He married Louisa Juliott on 11 February 1717. They had two sons and four daughters together; three daughters survived. He died in London and was buried at St Anne's Church, Soho.

In August 1703, De Lamerie became the apprentice of a London goldsmith of Huguenot origin, Pierre Platel. De Lamerie opened his own workshop in 1713 and was appointed goldsmith to George I in 1716. He worked in partnership with Ellis Gamble - formerly the apprentice master of William Hogarth - between 1723 and 1728. His early work is in the simple Queen Anne styles, following classical French models, but Lamerie is noted for his elaborate Rococo style from the 1730s, particularly the richly-decorated works of an unidentified craftsman, the Maynard Master.

His customers included Tsarinas Anna and Catherine, Count Aleksey Bobrinsky, Sir Robert Walpole, the Earl of Ilchester, the Earl of Thanet, Viscount Tyrconnel, the Duke of Bedford, and other members of the English upper classes. He also worked for John V of Portugal before losing favour to the Germains in Paris. Amongst his production to the Portuguese Court was a huge solid silver bath tub lost in the great 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

He served on the committees of the Goldsmiths' Company. He served as a captain and then major in the Westminster volunteer association.

Britannia silver is an alloy of silver containing 95.84% silver, with the balance usually copper.

This standard was introduced in England by Act of Parliament in 1697 to replace sterling silver (92.5% silver) as the obligatory standard for items of "wrought plate". The lion passant gardant hallmark denoting sterling was replaced with "the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia", and the leopard's head mark of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths replaced with a "lion's head erased".

Britannia standard silver was introduced by the English government as part of the great recoinage scheme of William III from 1696, when attempts were made to limit the clipping and melting of sterling silver coinage. It was thought that by maintaining a higher standard for plate, there would be less incentive to put the newly issued sterling coins in the melting pot.

Sterling silver was approved again for use by silversmiths from 1 June 1720, and thereafter Britannia silver has remained an optional standard for silver assay in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Since the hallmarking changes of 1 January 1999, Britannia silver has been denoted by the millesimal fineness hallmark 958, with the symbol of Britannia being applied optionally.

The silver bullion coins of the Royal Mint issued since 1998, known as "Britannias" for their reverse image, are minted in Britannia standard silver.
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